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Posted at 3:55 PM ET, 11/24/2010

Time to focus on Sunday's game, Santana Moss says

By Jason Reid

Although the Redskins will miss running back Clinton Portis, they must maintain their focus on trying to succeed as a team, wide receiver Santana Moss said after practice Wednesday.

Moss, Portis's closest friend on the team, joined many players in expressing disappointment that the team plans to place the veteran running back on season-ending injured reserve because of an abdominal injury that requires surgery. But the remaining players still have jobs to do, Moss said.

"We play football," Moss said. "Same thing we did last week, we gotta keep it going."

Obviously, however, losing Portis is a significant blow to the team on the field and in the locker room, Moss said.

"You don't wish that on nobody, man, especially a guy of his caliber," Moss said. "We know he'll still be with us, and I'm gonna pray for him. At the end of the day, I feel like, as long as he get his health and get himself back going, he'll be all right."

Portis, in the final guaranteed season of his contract, initially sat out five games this season because of a third-degree groin tear suffered in Week 4 against Philadelphia. The nine-year veteran also was placed on injured reserve last season. Although he is only 29, he has carried a heavy workload throughout his career with Denver and the Redskins.

Although the injury could spell the end of Portis's career with the Redskins, and possibly his time in the NFL, Moss declined to speculate on whether his friend would return.

"Nah, man, I don't try to bring in negative stuff," Moss said. "Negative stuff is for everybody else to talk about and think about. It's nothing like that right now.

"I mean, right now, you're gonna think about it. But at the end of the day, you can't really dwell on it because we have a season to play. It's not nothing that no one else hasn't dealt with... You can bounce back from it."

By Jason Reid  | November 24, 2010; 3:55 PM ET
Categories:  Santana Moss  
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Comments

In related news, the Earth rotates around the sun.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | November 24, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

No, it revolves around the sun; it rotates around its axis.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | November 24, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Staying with my earlier comments, 100%. Why? Portis even admitted he wasn't 100% before the Tenn game. One week at full speed in practice ... not too much to ask when coming back from a significant injury. And to someone who wondered if I really thought Portis was going to make difference -- yes, I did expect/hope Portis could make a significant contribution to this team down the stretch.

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Let's all be VERY CLEAR. Portis didn't need to play vs Tenn -- Shanahan should have kept him out. I posted last week that I'd wait another week on CP -- and doubt I was alone in thinking that. His injury sounded nasty and a week of practice at full speed seemed like a minimum requirement to get back on the field.

Portis is on IR because of Shanahan's dumb move.

fwiw, I've been very mixed on CP. Said I would have let him go before this year. But he's been great in pass pro and when healthy, a beast of a runner. He's also been a challenge in the locker room and he basically didn't show up for the 2009 season.

I did a ZEKE'S UNIQUE PERSPRECTIVES a few weeks back to discuss his future -- advocating that he try to become a Kevin Faulk type player when he returned from his injury.

Bottom line, I'm sorry to see him go on IR -- but I mad because the smartest coach we've had in a long time made a very dumb decision.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 24, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

A lot of the self-satisfied nimrods on this here blog think the Vikes are going to be a walk-over on Sun. Even though they have been in a tailspin, losing bad to the Pack and the Bears the last two weeks, the Vikes are a very dangerous team right now. They have O weaps - Pete, Brett, Rice - and if Favre has one of his games where he is on it could be a long afternoon for the Skins. And the Vikes will be looking to kick some A after offloading their jerkoff HC, just to prove to the world that he was the fork-up and not them.

Posted by: AlligatorAl | November 24, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

macho revolves around special teams beeps

Posted by: RomoLongballs | November 24, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Bottom line, I'm sorry to see him go on IR -- but I mad because the smartest coach we've had in a long time made a very dumb decision.


Posted by: zcezcest1

Wow Zeke, you AND "da Mayor" showing CP some love? Like I said before, he'll be back. Shanny is smarter than Zorn but St. Joe? I don't think so.....

Posted by: dcwun | November 24, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Clinton is a great running back, I hope that they can work something out so that he could come back next year. He looked good in the few carries he got in Tenn. You really can see the difference between Clinton and Ryan Torain. Torain does not have the speed to get the corner, Torain is fine between the tackles but no so good on the stretch play. Keilland Williams has been a pleasant surprise, speed and power. Keilland can catch the ball too.

Posted by: m_p_holmes | November 24, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

REDSKINS MUM ON WILLIE PARKER, RUMORS SWIRL ON RIGGO RETURN

Dateline, Redskins Park

The days of Willie Park in Redskin Burgundy and Gold are over. Officially. Even after Clinton Portis was placed on Injured Reserve, Redskin officials were laughing hysterically at the notion that Willie Parker could return. And a chorus of belly rolls was heard at the mention of that other guy they had brought in - no one could remember his name but they all said "Loser!" in unison.

In related news, the Redskins would entertain John Riggins coming back if the season were definitely not a destined for a playoff run. An unnamed Redskin official said "We want to run his ass into the ground so he'll shut the hell up."

In other Redskin news, Mike Shanahan finished watching Mel Gibson's "the Patriot" and drew inspiration for his offensive lineman replacements should he need them. "We'll have a couple of british officers and some fat colonel who called me a "cheeky fellow" in there soon. They don't know how to zone block, but they fancy themselves important enough to just stand there making life miserable for everyone else."

Posted by: laserwizard | November 24, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

REDSKINS MUM ON WILLIE PARKER, RUMORS SWIRL ON RIGGO RETURN

Dateline, Redskins Park

The days of Willie Park in Redskin Burgundy and Gold are over. Officially. Even after Clinton Portis was placed on Injured Reserve, Redskin officials were laughing hysterically at the notion that Willie Parker could return. And a chorus of belly rolls was heard at the mention of that other guy they had brought in - no one could remember his name but they all said "Loser!" in unison.

In related news, the Redskins would entertain John Riggins coming back if the season were definitely not a destined for a playoff run. An unnamed Redskin official said "We want to run his ass into the ground so he'll shut the hell up."

In other Redskin news, Mike Shanahan finished watching Mel Gibson's "the Patriot" and drew inspiration for his offensive lineman replacements should he need them. "We'll have a couple of british officers and some fat colonel who called me a "cheeky fellow" in there soon. They don't know how to zone block, but they fancy themselves important enough to just stand there making life miserable for everyone else."

Posted by: laserwizard | November 24, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

I wondered why the headcoach didn't mention our team preparing for the Eagles all that week, just all about skin-color. After the Titans road win he seemed to be in awe of Jeff Fishers lost, I was thinking--Hey DC coach, no big deal-think Minnesota. I figure we lose this week so the Giants game won't be of coach-stress.

Posted by: CTaylor42 | November 25, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

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